Educational Opportunity | Ph.D. Program in Biochar

The Waste and Biomass Valorization Group at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wroclaw, Poland, is seeking a Ph.D. student to research the impact of pyrolysis technological parameters and substrate properties on the release of volatile organic compounds from biochar.

The aims of this project are (1) qualitative and quantitative characterization of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emission from biochars in relation to torrefaction/pyrolysis temperature and the content of lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose, (2) model determination describing the biochar’s potential influence on human health due to exposure to VOCs emitted from biochar.

The project includes the following tasks:

  • Task 1. Biochar generation from components of biomass.
  • Task 2. Determination of physical, and chemical properties of feedstock and generated biochars.
  • Task 3. Investigation of the VOCs emission from biochar.
  • Task 4. Determination of the model of the impact of technological parameters of biochar production on the VOCs emission from biochar.
  • Task 5. The validation of the model of the impact of technological parameters of biochar production on the VOCs emission from biochar. The task will be realized during the 6 months scholarship of the Ph.D. student which will be held at Iowa State University (ISU), USA.

The Ph.D. candidate should have experience in torrefaction and pyrolysis research or other thermal methods of biomass conversion into carbon-reach products, experience in physical and chemical analysis of biochar, and experience in regression analysis. The candidate should have at least one scientific paper in a journal with an impact factor.

For more information, see the program description (PDF) at the university’s website and learn more about the Preludium Bis program and the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences Doctoral School.



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